That move came after the Chinese Football Association (CFA) introduced a 100 percent tax on expensive transfers worth more than 45 million yuan ($7 million).After Bakambu freed himself, saying it was “for personal reasons”, the CFA said if it catches teams trying to sidestep the tax it will hit them with crippling point deductions and could refuse to register players.Although Bakambu has not yet signed with Guoan, he has been training with them in Portugal. He talked to AFP on Thursday when he stopped in Paris on his way to China.“It’s just a question of timing,” Bakambu said. “They didn’t want to do it in the shadows hidden away in a hotel in Portugal.“They want to do it in Beijing in front of the press and their supporters, and that’s why this thing is dragging on a bit,” he said.Asked whether the club might want to avoid the transfer tax, Bakambu said: “I’ve seen stories like this but that’s not my business, the money is not mine and it won’t be going in my pocket.”He is expected to be paid around 18 million euros a year before tax.Bakambu, who grew up in the Paris suburbs, said, the difference between the Chinese offer and his income in Spain was “great”.Yet he acknowledged that he could understand why some critics were surprised that, at the age of 26, he had chosen to leave La Liga for China.“I did not understand either,” he said with a laugh. “What happened was that, at first, I was not too excited and later they found the arguments to convince me. That took several months.”Bakambu had scored 14 goals in 21 matches this season for Villarreal.“I was having the best season of my career but there you are, they managed to convince me. Football is good, but life is more important. I will not lie, I know why I went there and I take responsibility my choice.”Asked if it was a financial offer that was hard to refuse, Bakambu answered: “Yes.”He paused, before continuing: “I’m not going to hide it, financially speaking the difference between what I had in Villarreal and what the Chinese club was offering me was too great.“There are some who can say no. I accepted, because I have good reasons. There are some who would have gone for less and others who would have refused for more. I made my choice.”– Hard times –Did those reasons include his impoverished upbringing on the outskirts of Paris?“Clearly, this was the most important factor,” he answered.“I often go to Vitry-sur-Seine to relax a little, to see my family and my friends. It helps me keep my feet on the ground,” he said. “I’m a professional player today, but don’t believe it’s always been easy. I don’t want to whine, but I’ve lived through bad situations.”“The fact that I have known hard times played a part in my choice.”He said he had no idea how long he would stay in China.“I had a five-year contract with Villarreal, and I only stayed six months. I do not know what will happen in China. We’ll see.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000On my way: Cedric Bakambu trains with Beijing Guoan © BEIJING GUOAN/AFP/File / HANDOUTPARIS, France, Feb 15 – In the end, the Chinese made Cedric Bakambu an offer that was too good to refuse.The Congolese striker’s move to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan has been the subject of intense scrutiny since Bakambu paid the 40-million-euro buyout clause in his contract with Spanish side Villarreal.
A-League Review: City claim Melbourne derby glory as Wanderers scrape draw Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 19:45 10/14/17 Getty Images Marcin Budzinski’s first goal for the club and a Carl Valeri own goal gave Melbourne City derby joy against rivals Melbourne Victory. Melbourne City claimed the local bragging rights as they prevailed 2-1 at Melbourne Victory in a spicy A-League derby encounter.Carl Valeri’s rash tackle on City’s Michael Jakobsen inside the first 20 second sparked pushing and shoving between the sides and referee Peter Green had brandished three yellow cards by the 12th minute.Rhys Williams became the third Victory player into the book for a scissoring challenge in the 32nd minute that forced Osama Malik to limp off with a hip problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Replacement Marcin Budzinski made a swift impact by clattering his maiden City goal into the roof of the net in first-half stoppage time.What a way to open your account for @MelbourneCity. Take a bow, Marcin Budziński!#MelbDerby #ALeague pic.twitter.com/1nTCoOcrv4— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) October 14, 2017Kevin Muscat’s Victory responded impressively and debutant Leroy George squeezed a 55th-minute equaliser through City goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas from a tight angle.Warren Joyce’s men were under heavy pressure but sealed the points on the break 10 minutes later when Bruce Kamau burst forward brilliantly on the break.At the end of a lung-busting run, the winger’s eventual shot took a decisive deflection off Victory captain Valeri and looped home.This is what it means. #MelbDerby pic.twitter.com/wIL0dKJGHN— Melbourne City FC (@MelbourneCity) October 14, 2017In Saturday’s earlier game, Western Sydney Wanderers were twice forced to come from behind in order to claim a 2-2 draw at home to Central Coast Mariners.Asdrubal scrambled a 21st-minute opener from close range for the visitors but Oriol Riera levelled from the penalty spot.The Mariners were ahead after the hour once more when Daniel De Silva coolly clipped home Andrew Hoole’s excellent throughball but Roly Bonevacia ensured their joy was short-lived.Absolutely beautiful football on display from @CCMariners, finished off by Danny De Silva. #WSWvCCM #ALeague pic.twitter.com/2f1xigVjK6— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) October 14, 2017 read more
Spike Lee (left) and J. Cole (right) have been outspoken about their support for Colin Kaepernick.(Paras Griffin/Stringer/Getty Images for Universal/Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/Tim Mosenfelder /Getty Images)Spike Lee is continuing his support of Colin Kaepernick, who many have said has been blackballed by the NFL, by posting about an Aug. 23 rally for the QB.The iconic filmmaker said Tuesday, Aug. 8 that he is not the organizer of the event at NFL headquarters in New York City but is continuing to back Kaepernick.pic.twitter.com/AejLPaaWHD— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) August 8, 2017 I Did Not Organize And Set Up This Protest. However I Still Support My Brother And His Stance On The Injustices In The USA— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) August 8, 2017Lee has been openly questioning why the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been a free agent since opting out of his contract in March.“How Is It That There Are 32 NFL Teams And Kap Is Still A Free Agent? WTF. Smells MAD Fishy To Me, Stinks To The High Heavens,” Lee wrote on Instagram in March after having brunch with Kaepernick. “The Question Remains What Owner And GM Is Going To Step Up And Sign Colin So Their Team Has A Better Chance To WIN? What Crime Has Colin Committed? Look At The QB’s Of All 32 Teams. This Is Some Straight Up Shenanigans, Subterfuge, Skullduggery And BS. Ya Dig?”Kaepernick drew the ire of some die-hard NFL fans last season when he refused to stand for the national anthem. Although the star reportedly won’t continue his protest this season, he has been passed over by teams including the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins.“The Dolphins aren’t anti-Black, they’re anti-idiot,” Fox News host Jesse Watters said of the team’s choice to go with Jay Cutler on “The Five” Monday, Aug. 7. “[Kaepernick] lacks respect and he’s bad for team chemistry and he’s bad for the franchise. … Colin Kaepernick wore a [former Cuban prime minister Fidel] Castro T-shirt, they’re gonna boo him outta there.”[email protected] on @Kaepernick7 controversy: “The @MiamiDolphins aren’t anti-black. They’re anti-idiot” #TheFive pic.twitter.com/RvDb6x24Kt— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 8, 2017The Baltimore Ravens also have also expressed interest in Kaepernick but have not signed him, which rapper J. Cole blasted at his concert ahead of meeting with the QB, according to Billboard.“Baltimore, the type of s— that’s happening here, don’t you think somebody should risk they’re whole livelihood and their whole life to talk about this s—?” Cole said during thie 4 Your Eyez Only tour stop Sunday, Aug. 6. “Even if it cost them they money, they job, they life? Don’t that sound like Colin Kaepernick? Don’t that sound like what he doing? And he trying to come to Baltimore, the city that seems to need that s— for real.”
While the forum for non-paying readers hasn’t provoked much response, the subscriber forum is blowing up. True to form, it’s primarily the people who have a problem with the decision who are posting (one reader also set up his own LinkedIn poll saying, “Maybe if the LJ staff sees a graph of their reader’s opinions they will realize how wrong they are”). Still, these posts can give other publishers a sense of what they might be facing if they’re considering a digital-only jump (and what they may need to do to make it palatable for their audience). Even a tech readership like LJ‘s seems reluctant to give up its print. “I don’t have much to say other then I am completely disappointed with the decision to go all digital,” posts one reader. “Just because we’re techheads, doesn’t mean we all walk around with friggin ipads or iphones and read pdfs on the crapper.”Others rebel against the price of a digital subscription. “This is ridiculous, why would I want to pay $30 for a digital subscription,” writes another reader. “I can already view practically all the issues online (all but the last 2). So why would I want to pay to get some silly pdf file which will likely still be full of ads. Frustrate customer, will not be renewing without print.P.S. HOW is this a benefit of digital over a physical magazine? ‘Off-line reading: you can download one article or the entire magazine and conveniently take with you. You also can print any pages you want.’ I can take my whole magazine with me as it is, no need to download anything.”Much of the frustration comes from the current digital format. “PDF has never been a proper digital format for delivering the magazine. . .” writes one reader. “’Enhanced Digital Edition’? An even worse insult to a paying customer. It’s like all the similar bad imitations of print magazines being tried on people in the last 10 years. . . A dedicated app? Yeah right, just what I need. Another app that tries to replicate something that can be achieved without one. . .Just give us a proper ePub version already. I for one do not want an imitation of a paper product. I want something done in a format meant for the eReader / iPad it’s going to be read on. In the FAQ you mention more features in the future like interactivity and video. These are things that can be accommodated by a format such as ePub and it can be used by the users in their favorite reader / management apps. It is a format specifically meant for this purpose. Bottom line. PDF or ‘EDE’ are not options. It’s either ePub* or I’ll walk.”Another is a big fan of the content, but not the format: “While the articles in Linux Journal are excellent, and well worth the subscription prices, the total conversion to ‘digital media’ negates the worth of the magazine (to me) to the point where the publisher would have to pay me to read it in a digital media format. I paid for a hardcopy magazine, and will not accept a digital-only version.”However, others are welcoming LJ‘s jump to 100 percent digital:”I for one applaud your decision to go digital,” writes a reader. “Where is it written that we must have books and magazines on paper? Time for a change, and I believe this is a change for the better — less wasteful, easy to search, active links to resources, bookmarks, etc. And as our digital technology advances, it’s only going to get better yet. Your Enhanced Digital Edition looks great! And the pdf, too. It would be nice to have in epub format as well. Keep up the good work!”Linux Journal seems to have a passionate audience that’s heavily invested in its content. Going forward, the publication’s success will depend not just on going 100 percent digital but offering a digital version that works. Just as some consumer publishers had to learn that a successful iPad app in these early days is more about quick downloads and easy navigation than self-indulgent design and spasm-inducing rich media, b-to-b publishers have to understand that good content won’t excuse a bad reading experience for most readers. The number of magazines folding or going digital-only just within the last 72 hours has us flashing back to 2009. Linux Journal–which launched in 1994 serving the Linux computing market–is yet another publication whose August 2011 issue will be its last in print. “The big computer-industry trade magazines from the ’90s have either disappeared or gone digital,” writes senior editor Doc Searls in a note to readers. “Of the big three publishers, only IDG is still intact, but relatively few of its old magazines are still in print [EDIT NOTE: IDG is quick to point out that in the U.S., only InfoWorld went digital-only, while Computerworld, CIO, Network World, PC World and Macworld remain in print]. We survived while others failed by getting lean and staying focused. But the costs of printing and distributing continue to go up. We could keep publishing in print if we could raise the number of advertiser pages, but we don’t see that happening. What we do see is a core readership that has stuck with us, along with Linux, for a generation. You, our readers, are at the heart of Linux, and always have been. We want to keep that heart beating.”Beginning with its September issue (#209), all subscribers will be offered the Linux Journal Digital Edition, which features a PDF version delivered via e-mail. Linux Journal also says it will have custom iPhone, iPad and Android apps ready by September. To its credit, Linux Journal is making the discussion around its new strategy public by setting up forums for subscribers and non-paying readers.
The Air Force has resumed B-1B Lancer bomber flights following a nearly month-long operational hiatus, the Air Force Times reported Tuesday.The Air Force Global Strike command said the heavy bombers resumed flights this week following a safety inspection stand-down that began March 28 due to the problems with the egress system airmen use to exit in an emergency.“Individual B-1B aircraft will return to flight as the inspections and maintenance directed during the stand-down on each aircraft,” a command news release said.The B-1 has experienced three setback “events” in the past year, including an emergency landing incident related to an ejection-seat issue, and two fleetwide groundings, including the most recent one, according to the Air Force Times report.“We are proud of the tremendous efforts of our maintainers and aircrew flight equipment technicians in identifying, inspecting and remediating any potential issues with the B-1B egress system,” said Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr., 8th Air Force commander, who is responsible for the Air Force bomber force. “The aircraft are still safe to fly, and we are confident that this stand-down has resulted in increased safety within the B-1B fleet.”Air Force photo Staff Sgt. Clayton Cupit ADC AUTHOR
Mentioned Above Microsoft Xbox One S (1TB) Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show Preview • 9 reasons why the Xbox One S is better than the original E3 2019 See it $259 5 See It Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Share your voice reading • E3 2019: New Xbox Project Scarlett coming 2020, xCloud public test this fall, says Microsoft Microsoft’s next Xbox is coming in 2020. James Martin/CNET Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox is on the horizon, and the company is starting to talk about it.The video game giant announced its new Xbox, called Project Scarlett, at its Xbox press conference. The new device, Microsoft said, will be 4x more powerful than its Xbox One X, promising faster loading times and more intense visuals with 8K graphics, support for 120fps and an SSD when it’s released in 2020.”A console should be built and optimized for one thing and one thing only: Gaming,” Xbox head Phil Spencer said during the company’s presentation ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, in Los AngelesTo help boost the console’s appeal, Microsoft said the device will launch with its next big upcoming space war game, Halo Infinite. The original Halo was released in 2001 alongside the original Xbox, and helped make the device a household name.”We have thousands of games in development across Xbox One and Windows PC,” Spencer said. Tags 17 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See All Microsoft Xbox One S • Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Microsoft showed off more than 60 games during its presentation — some big like CD Projekt Red’s futuristic dystopian adventure game Cyberpunk 2077 and Microsoft’s own Gears 5 and some small. The company said 14 of the games shown came from the company’s development arm, known as Xbox Game Studios. And over 30 games premiering on the company’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service.”My team and I are single minded in our resolve to bring everyone the games they wan to play,” he added.The company’s also discussed its upcoming Project xCloud service, which will allow people to stream games over the internet in a similar way they watch Netflix videos today. That will be going up against Google’s Stadia, a competing service announced in March, designed to work alongside the company’s massively popular YouTube video site.Microsoft said xCloud will not be a standalone video game service, but rather it will work with an existing Xbox to help you play games on mobile devices at home or while traveling. The new service will enter a public testing phase later this year.First look at xCloud on a phone at E3. James Martin/CNET While Microsoft prepares for a streaming future, it’s also starting to push on its subscription service, Xbox Game Pass. The company said its Game Pass for the PC will cost $9.99, and will begin public testing Sunday. Microsoft also said the service will be included in its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service, a $14.99 per month subscription that combines the company’s Xbox Game Pass for console, its Xbox Live social network and, now, its Xbox Game Pass for PC.As part of its push, the company said it’s acquired Double Fine Productions, a popular video game developer whose upcoming Psychonauts 2 adventure game is highly anticipated.The company also said it’ll offer its upcoming Gears 5 space war game will be released September 10, though Xbox Game Pass subscribers will get it four days earlier.Microsoft also unveiled the new version of its Elite controller, now with Bluetooth, an internal rechargeable battery pack, adjustable tension thumbsticks and so much more.The new Elite controller. James Martin/CNET Upcoming E3 press conferencesSaturday, June 8Electronic Arts — The game maker showed off 15 minutes of gameplay for its upcoming adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It also announced new features for its free-to-download Apex Legends last-man-standing battle royale game, offering a new character and weapon to play with. The company also showed off a new paid update for The Sims 4, called Island Living, that brings the series to a tropical beach. Finally, the company did discuss drama over the mixed reviews for its Anthem action adventure game, saying it “learned a lot” and had more updates and features planned soon.Sunday, June 9Microsoft / Xbox — The gaming giant’s biggest news was Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox, coming in 2020. The new device is up to 4x more powerful, the company said, and like the next-gen PlayStation it’ll include a fast non-mechanical SSD hard drive, and it’ll be powered by custom innards built with the help of chipmaker AMD. The company also announced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Project Scarlett next year. Meantime, Microsoft is starting public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high end games on their mobile devices while away from home. While fans wait, Microsoft announced an update to its Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 as well as a slew of new games. And action star Keanu Reeves, fresh off the success of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming next year.Bethesda — Bethesda kicked off its event with humility over the mixed response to Fallout 76, but quickly went back on the offensive. Fallout 76 got a new Battle Royale mode, Wolfenstein Youngblood received a new trailer and a co-op mode. We got a new game called Deathloop from the clever folks behind Dishonored and Bethesda introduced us to Orion, a piece of tech from ID Software designed to make game streaming better on services like Google Stadia. The lion’s share of attention, however, went to Doom Eternal, which looked fantastic in both single player and multiplayer.Monday, June 10PC Gaming Show — This annual PC Gaming Show is held at a theater a short walk from the Los Angeles Convention Center, but still draws a large crowd, filling the 1,700-person capacity downtown Mayan Theater. Inside, the usual suspects, from Halo to Doom, were nowhere to be found. Instead, the crowd cheered for PC-centric games including Zombie Army 4, Baldur’s Gate 3 and Terraria: Journey’s End. (No, the game sequel problem isn’t any better on PCs.) The highlight was a brief onstage appearance by legendary game designer Yu Suzuki, responsible for classics such as Hang-On and Virtua Fighter. His long-awaited Shenmue 3 is expected in November, 18 years after Shenmue 2. Ubisoft — The French gaming giant announced its next big dystopian hacking adventure game, Watch Dogs: Legion, launching March 2020. The new game is set in near-future post-Brexit London, where the economy is failing and government is breaking down. The company also announced a new television show, called Mythic Quest, that will launch on Apple TV Plus. And it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Just Dance party games. Square Enix — Aside from the Final Fantasy 7 remake release date announcement, Square Enix also showed off its new comic book tie-in, Marvel’s Avengers: A Day. Though the new game is different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some fans criticized the character’s looks. It’s coming in 2020.Tuesday, June 11Nintendo — The Mario maker surprised fans with announcement of a new Legend of Zelda game, which appeared to be a direct sequel to the critical darling The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This new title appears to be a sequel to Breath of the Wild, too. It also announced its newest Animal Crossing game is being delayed to 2020, and gave a look at Luigi’s Mansion 3, coming later this year.We’re thereCNET will be on the ground, covering covering E3 2019 alongside our sister site, Gamespot. We’ll update this page throughout the show as more games are announced. Comments $339 Culture Gaming Digital Media Review • Microsoft Xbox One S review: The Xbox One S is here, just three years too late E3 2019 Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Microsoft Walmart
The waiting period of Maruti Suzuki’s successful small car offering Celerio has reportedly been extended to seven to eight months and beyond in India, due to the scaling demand for the vehicle in the country.The car, which earlier had a waiting period of nearly six months, now reportedly has it extended upto one year, forcing many to cancel their bookings, reported Autocar India. According to the report, the takers of the Celerio may have to wait till next year to place their hands on the steering wheels of Maruti’s latest car.Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT, a radical offering of the country’s largest car maker Maruti, garnered 22,000 bookings within 30 days of its launch. The automatic transmission (AMT) model of Celerio is witnessing greater demand in the country, compared to the manual model. The report also noted that the manual Celerio has a waiting period of upto four months.Unveiled at the Auto Expo 2014 in Noida, Celerio is the first car in India to come with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). Under the hood, Celerio packs a 998cc, 3-cylinder, K10B engine, which can churn out a power of 67 bhp at 6,000 rpm and a torque of 9.1 kgm at 3,500 rpm. It is offered in six variants in India – two with automatic transmission and four with manual transmission, and claims a fuel efficiency of 23.1 kilometers for both versions. Like the features offered in Celerio, Maruti’s small car is also attractive in terms of pricing.The car that was originally launched at a starting price of ₹3.90 lakh but is now available at ₹3.76 lakh. The company revised the price of the hatchback in India, after the announcement of a reduction in excise duty by finance minister P Chidambaram. The Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) equipped LXi and VXi variants will now go on sale for ₹4.14 lakh and ₹4.43 lakh respectively, as against ₹4.29 lakh and ₹4.59 lakh quoted previously.(Ed: VP)
Road Accident LogoAn education officer of Dacope upazila was killed as a truck hit him at Suchibunia of Khulna’s Bhatiaghata upazila on Tuesday morning.The deceased was Masum Billah, 43.Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Abdul Wadud said the accident took place when a truck hit him while he was crossing the road in the area around 9:00am, leaving him dead on the spot.On information, police recovered the body, said Mahbubur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Batiaghata police station.
Buckling under pressure, the Home Ministry has withdrawn its recent order declaring all districts of Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam as “disturbed areas” under controversial AFSPA and issued a fresh one restricting it to a few police stations, apart from the three districts covered earlier.”In supersession of the notification dated March 27, 2015, the area falling within the jurisdiction of following police stations in districts of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Assam are declared as ‘disturbed area’ under section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958
Kolkata: Five persons were arrested for killing a two-month-old girl child at Ghughupara in Liluah, Howrah. It is alleged that they had also killed two more female infants a few months ago and buried their body somewhere neartheir houses. According to locals, Sanjay Gupta and Sangeeta Gupta of Ghughupara had two female infants who died mysteriously a few months ago. When neighbours asked about the cause of death, they allegedly told them the babies were suffering from some sort of septicemia and died due to that. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn Sunday morning, some of their neighbours saw Sanjay and Sangeeta going out with a girl child born two months ago and a few hours later, they saw them returning without the baby. Due to suspicion, they enquired about the baby. But Sanjay and Sangeeta could not provide them with satisfactory answers. Smelling a rat, the neighbours detained them and asked several other questions. During questioning, Sanjay and Sangeeta said the child died due to some disease and they went to bury her in Ambagan area. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseOn hearing the answer, the neighbours got furious and kept on asking about the reason behind the child’s death. Meanwhile, Liluah police station was informed. The accused, Sanjay and Sangeeta, were manhandled by the neighbours before police reached the spot. Later, the police recovered them and started interrogating them in their house. Sources informed that during police interrogation, they could not provide satisfactory answers. Immediately, five including Sanjay and Sangeeta were detained. Without losing time, the police in presence of a magistrate dug the ground where the child’s body was buried. Later, Sanjay and Sangeeta admitted to have killed the child at the police station. They were arrested and will be produced before the Howrah Court on Monday. Locals alleged that they had killed all their children within a few months of their birth as they were girls. A neighbour of Gupta family said this time the Gupta family had buried the child alive and demanded stringent action against them.